Early life[ edit ] Portman was born in Jerusalem to an Israeli American family. Portman was born on June 9, , in Jerusalem. They corresponded after her father returned to Israel and were married when her mother visited a few years later. In , when Portman was three years old, the family moved to the United States, where her father received his medical training.
That's where I feel at home. Episode I — The Phantom Menace , so she could study for her high school final exams. As a student, Portman co-authored two research papers that were published in scientific journals. At the age of 10, a Revlon agent asked her to become a child model ,   but she turned down the offer to focus on acting. In a magazine interview, Portman said that she was "different from the other kids.
I was more ambitious. I knew what I liked and what I wanted, and I worked very hard. I was a very serious kid. When she was 10, Portman auditioned for the off-Broadway show Ruthless! Portman and future pop star Britney Spears were chosen as the understudies for star Laura Bell Bundy. Soon after getting the part, she took her paternal grandmother's maiden name, "Portman", as her stage name in the interest of privacy and to protect her family's identity.
The Professional opened in ,  marking her feature film debut. Sort of being fantasy objects for men, and especially this idealised purity combined with the fertility of youth, and all this in one Her performance in the small ensemble film Beautiful Girls garnered significant acclaim. In an interview with Guardian feature writer Simon Hattenstone asked if Portman was aware that because of them she was a "paedophile's dream"?
Portman nodded a bit uncomfortably, stating that it "dictated a lot of my choices afterwards 'cos it scared me Portman was shown a new draft, and she decided to accept the role. The film was the highest grossing domestic film of that year  and was voted Favorite Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards.
Forman had not seen any of her work but thought she looked like a Goya painting, so he requested a meeting. Portman portrayed Evey Hammond , a young woman who is saved from secret police by anarchist freedom fighter V.
Portman worked with a voice coach for the role, learning to speak with an English accent, and she famously had her head shaved. It respects the audience enough to take away their own opinion". Portman starred in the children's film Mr.
Magorium's Wonder Emporium , which began filming in April and was released in November ; she has said that she was "excited to do a kids' movie. She won acclaim for her role as gambler Leslie, because "[f]or once she's not playing a waif or a child princess but a mature, full-bodied woman That same year, she founded the production company, Handsomecharlie Films as a reference to her dog Charlie, who died.
She was also an executive producer on the film. I was given a bottle of perfume when I worked on The Professional by Jean Reno and I thought it was so incredibly special. The ASA ruled that the photographs of Portman "misleadingly exaggerated the likely effects of the product".
Portman also starred in the film and was a co-writer on the script. In , Portman starred in the science fiction horror film Annihilation , as a biologist and former soldier. Later, at a naming ceremony, Portman named a baby gorilla Gukina, which means "to play. In and , she traveled to Uganda , Guatemala, and Ecuador as the Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International , an organization that promotes micro-lending to help finance women-owned businesses in developing countries.
Host Fareed Zakaria said that he was "generally wary of celebrities with fashionable causes", but included the segment with Portman because "she really knew her stuff". In a interview, she also stated: I disagree with his war stance — which is a really big deal — but I think he's a very moral person. As incentives for the contest winner, she offered her designer Rodarte dress, worn at the red carpet premiere of Black Swan, along with tickets to her next premiere.
She told the crowd; "I understood very quickly, even as a year-old, if I were to express myself sexually, I would feel unsafe. And that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort.
The couple met while she was filming Black Swan, for which he was the choreographer.